Leading respiratory charity advises Coronation Street researchers on storyline where a child suffers an asthma attack thought to be triggered by air pollution
17 August 2021
-For the 5.4 million people with asthma, air pollution poses a daily threat to their condition by potentially triggering asthma attacks.
15 July 2021
The Mayor of London will be expanding the Ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in London in October 2021. In response, leading respiratory health charity Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation has carried out new analysis showing thousands more people with asthma and COPD will benefit from cleaner air within the expanded zone.
Mask wearing should continue in order to protect more than half a million with lung conditions, charity calls
13 July 2021
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation respond to government guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable in England after restrictions ease next Monday [19 July]
8 July 2021
Responding to the publication of the UK Government’s Life Sciences Vision, Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, said:
Levels of air pollution at schools are beyond the pale, says Chief Executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation
17 June 2021
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation responds to Global Action Plan, who have released data this Clean Air Day showing that over a quarter of UK schools are in areas above WHO air pollution limits, impacting 3.4 million children.
Statement from Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation commenting on the Government's response to the Coroner’s report, following the Ella Kissi-Debrah inquest
17 June 2021
Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, responds to a press release issued today (Thursday 17 June 2021, Clean Air Day) by DEFRA outlining the Government’s response to the Coroner's Prevention of Future Deaths report, following the inquest into the death of 9-year-old schoolchild, Ella Kissi-Debrah.
Government must support all local authorities to roll-out schemes like the Breathe London Network, says Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation
17 June 2021
To mark Clean Air Day, the Mayor of London has announced plans to grow the Breathe London Network. An additional 131 air quality sensors are to be installed at hospitals, schools and other priority locations in the capital, bringing the total number of Breathe London sensors up to 322.
14 June 2021
Responding to the announcement by the NHS of a plan to improve the treatment of long Covid, British Lung Foundation and Asthma UK Chief Executive, Sarah Woolnough, said:
Announcement regarding availability of life-changing antifibrotic drugs – comment from the British Lung Foundation, Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the Taskforce for Lung Health
28 May 2021
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has today announced that it will launch a part-review of antifibrotic drugs for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), giving hope to thousands of terminally ill patients across the country.
Statement from the British Lung Foundation in response to the latest statistics on NHS stop smoking services in England
25 May 2021
Sarah MacFadyen, Head of Policy at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation and vice chair of the Taskforce for Lung Health, responds to the latest Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2020 to December 2020.
20 May 2021
Sarah MacFadyen, Head of Policy at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation and vice chair of the Taskforce for Lung Health, responds to the Royal College of Physicians report: Smoking and Health 2021: a coming of age for tobacco control
4 May 2021
Ahead of World Asthma Day which falls tomorrow (Wednesday 5 May), Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation have secured a three-year corporate partnership with legal and financial specialists Irwin Mitchell LLP. This latest move aims to boost the support services available to people living with lung disease by helping with the running of a network of 150 volunteer-led support groups around the UK.
19 April 2021
A new survey by Asthma UK & British Lung Foundation Wales, in conjunction with Long Covid Wales, has found that people suffering from Long Covid face a huge range of symptoms for many months after catching the virus.
Around six million over 65s in England are at risk from asthma attacks and lung damage due to toxic air - charities reveal
11 February 2021
New report reveals that over half (59%) of people in England aged 65 and over are living in areas where harmful particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) is dangerously high and could be damaging their lungs.
10 February 2021
Sarah Woolnough, chief executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation responds to the National Audit Office’s report: Protecting and supporting the clinically extremely vulnerable during lockdown on the effectiveness of the government’s shielding programme
8 February 2021
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation have appointed two new trustees to the board. The charities merged on 1 January 2020 and these are the first appointments since the merger.
26 January 2021
Responding to the news that the Environment Bill is to be delayed by at least six months, Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, said: “It is a real blow that the Environment Bill has been delayed yet again. While it is understandable the government is focusing on dealing with the pandemic in these unprecedented times, air pollution is a national health crisis too that isn’t going away and must not be pushed aside.
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation call for the government to do more to support those shielding practically, emotionally and financially
13 January 2021
A group of health charities including Asthma UK, British Lung Foundation, Scope, Diabetes UK and Carers UK has called for the government to do more to support those shielding practically, emotionally and financially.
4 November 2020
It has been announced that lung volume reduction surgery has now been routinely commissioned by NHS England.
30 October 2020
The Taskforce for Lung Health is calling for people with suspected or diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to receive more support during and after the pandemic.